Britney Spears' Manager Larry Rudolph Talks About Her Las Vegas Residency Ticket Sales
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.26.2013
How are they doing?
In an interview with Billboard, Britney Spears' manager Larry Rudolph revealed how ticket sales were going for the singer's upcoming Las Vegas residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Here are highlights:
On if Spears will be lip-syncing: "She's going to be singing live. She does choreography and vocal coaching every day. The vocal coaching is really just to strengthen her voice and get her to a point where she can go out there every night and do a full show. It's hard for the public to fully understand what goes on when you get on stage and you're dancing full out during a song. No matter what anyone says, there's not a single artist who goes out there and does full choreography and is singing without a vocal track underneath them at the same time. It's physically impossible. We're just trying to build up her stamina and get her to a point where she can do as much as humanly possible. The idea is to try to get her pretty close to 100%. There might be some numbers where she's full out dancing with a (vocal) track underneath her, but there won't be any lip-syncing across the board on anything. "
On if the show is selling poorly: "Yesterday, I got a phone call from Britney's mom, Lynne Spears. She said, 'Larry, I just read on BreatheHeavy.com that Britney's show is failing. What's going on?' She was deeply concerned. I said, 'Lynne, don't worry about it, we're dealing with it right now. Nothing could be further from the truth.' You have these idiot tabloid reporters who are completely irresponsible and love taking pot shots at Britney. One guy did it and everybody else picked it up. It's based on nothing, other than an "industry insider," who they'll never disclose. But it's damaging to Britney. So we had to go on the offensive and put out correct information to counteract it.
When we went on sale with our pre-sale, we sold out every single VIP package for all 16 shows. We had to create new ones just to fill some of the demand, because people were starting to get pissed off that there weren't enough out there. Caesars told us that a highly successful launch would be selling 10% of the ticket stock on the on sale. I think we either tripled or quadrupled that. They told us it was literally the best on-sale they'd ever had. Now they've come back to me and asked if it's OK to put the next round of dates on sale sooner than we had originally discussed. They haven't given me an exact date for it yet, but I said of course. "
On how much Spears is being paid: "I can't comment on actual figures. She's getting paid well to do it, but it wasn't a big factor for us. We don't look at the business opportunity first and then back into it with the creative concept. We do it the other way around. We wanted to do a Vegas show, because it was the right thing for her now, and the right thing for her fanbase."